tv Americas Newsroom With Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith FOX News May 24, 2019 6:00am-9:00am PDT
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shows added sanctions could be squeezing iran financially and beyond. rich edson is live at the state department with the latest details. good morning. >> state department officials say newly declassified intelligence shows that iran is short on cash after 26 rounds of american sanctions these officials say iran is having a difficult time funding militias across the middle east. tehran has warned militia groups to find new revenue sources. hamas has enacted austerity plans and cyber command needs money and reports from the region that show hezbollah is deploying piggy banks to raise cash. state department's envoy for iran says this shows administration sanctions against iran are working. >> when people talk about iran's regional aggression they talk about iran's supports for its proxies hamas, hezbollah,
shia militias in iraq and we're making harder for all these terrorist organizations to operate and destabilize the middle east. >> a year ago the trump administration withdrew from the iran nuclear agreement restoring sanctions on iranian oil, banking, exports. turkey is finished buying oil from iran. democrats and european governments have criticized the withdrawal saying it would destabilize the region. rohany said his country will produce more uranium if european governments fail to shield iran from american sanctions and the united states has expanded its presence in the region and multiple defense officials are telling the pentagon team that the administration is expectsed to deploy less than 2,000 more
service members. the idea is to bolster security for existing american and allied forces within the region. >> sandra: rich, thanks. >> bill: another alert. president trump raising the stakes in the mueller fallout battle. the president giving the a.g. bill barr sweeping new powers to investigate the surveillance of the trump campaign in 2016 and to make that material public at his choosing. white house press secretary sarah sanders saying today's action will help ensure all americans learn the truth about the events occurred and actions taken during the last presidential election. a hot issue today and going forward. matt schlapp, chairman of the american conservative union. how are you doing and good morning to you? a lot of reaction to this already. why don't you tell us how you feel about it. >> i think this is awfully important for us as a country. the politization of the f.b.i. both presidential candidates were under investigation by the
f.b.i. the fact that the f.b.i. was able to put people in leadership and sensitive leadership roles who had a political agenda is very troubling to the american people and i for one and a lot of other americans would like to simply know the facts. we've been told about possible trump crimes and that has been proven by the mueller report to have been a waste of time. the real issue here is how did our intelligence services, how did the people we should trust get it so wrong? >> bill: from the left here they come. adam schiff said the following. he says while trump stone walls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice trump and barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement. the cover-up has entered a new and dangerous phase, this is unamerican is how he concludes, unamerican. >> you are a smart guy. how can you have a cover-up
when you're making things public? the whole point is to take the information which team obama and too many people at the beginning of the trump administration tried to put behind a lock and key and to open up as much as we can so that we can see how the people we should trust in public service got it so wrong and politicized the f.b.i. and other federal departments that should have nothing to do with politics. it's all transparency. adam schiff, nancy pelosi, they have it exactly wrong when they say it's a cover-up. >> bill: bill barr, the following question and answer, listen closely to the last phrase that he uses here. >> in a sense i have more questions today than i did when i first started. >> some of what things don't hang together? >> some of the explanations of what occurred. >> bill: why does that matter?
>> well, because i think people have to find out what the government was doing during that period if we're worried about foreign influence for the very same reason we should be worried whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale. and so i'm not saying that happened. but i'm saying that we have to look at that. >> bill: for bill barr it's full speed ahead. the thumb on the scale comment sticks in my head. >> the real question, you asked a good question there. why do we have to know all this information? and the answer to that is because it will happen again, bill. a presidential campaign could be affected because of a politicalization of these government agencies. what we want to know, what did president obama intend to get accomplished when he set his team loose to surveil team trump? what did joe biden know when
that happened? these questions need to be answered because you have joe biden now running for president. he is leading in all the democratic polls. this is no longer about russia and collusion, it is about abuse of power under obama and biden. if they have good answers, give the answers. but the cover-up and secrecy purchase vaid by the obama administration must come to an end. >> bill: mueller will not publicly testify. we'll see where it goes in the end. >> why isn't he testifying? isn't it curious? i find this very curious. bob mueller, you put together this team of the president called them killers. you put together partisan democrats. you came up and put taunting language in your report. why aren't you testifying? i don't know the answer. but i find it incredibly curious. >> bill: matt schlapp, thank you for your time in washington ist goes on today, sir, enjoy the weekend. seven minutes now past.
>> within two seconds the side of my house was gone. so i said come on, get up, we're being hit. we have to get in the basement. it would be hit with bricks, the room. it was a terrifying moment. i was really scared. i'm still scared. >> sandra: a path of destruction in jefferson city, missouri still recovering as more tornadoes touchdown. the center of the country sees a fourth straight day of severe weather threats. matt finn is live in jefferson city with more on all this. >> sandra, this morning happening all around this capital city the difficult task of cleanup and recovery. people returning to their homes and businesses that they evacuated. damage all across this area including right here just a couple of blocks from the
capital building. there is a row of homes that sustained serious damage. entire walls ripped off. roofs caved in. also happening right now fresh utility poles being installed. welcome relief for these neighbors. we talked to some storm survivors in this neighborhood said they prepared for the worst and are happy to be alive. >> we have no house. we have nothing now. i'm surprised they let us go in and get clothes and medication. >> long term? i don't know. it's just going to play it day-by-day. >> the governor again asking all non-essential state employees to stay home today to make way for crews like this one and the red cross has shelters set up across the state. >> sandra: the midwest and southern plains have been hammered by these storms and
now more violent weather in the forecast? >> more potential tornado outbreaks and perhaps even more concerning is a lot of rain. this morning the army corp of engineers says it's concerned about any more rain might equal for the already flooded missouri and mississippi rivers. the army corp of engineers telling us there are failed levies reported across the state of missouri. >> sandra: matt finn, thank you. >> bill: speaking with the mayor yesterday and the governor yesterday on our program, strong, tough people down there that need our support and we give it to you today. good luck on the weekend, too. really rough time. >> sandra: our best to them. >> i just don't understand how we could release somebody who is in prison pledging his support for isis to a member of the media in a written letter? if he is doing this behind bars what can we expect for him while he is free on the streets. >> sandra: the daughter of the
first american casualty in the afghan war calling the release of lindh a slap in the face. >> bill: update on the boeing max jets. will they fly in time for the peek traveling season? >> sandra: president trump saying all options are on the table with growing tensions with iran. we'll have reaction from new york congressman peter king next. >> president trump: they're a nation of terror. we won't put up with it. the deal signed by president obama was a horror show, a terrible deal. the minute i terminated that deal iran went in a very bad direction. there was a moment, my son i believe was about four, where he actually asked me "mommy what's wrong with your teeth?" if i would've known that i was gonna be 50 times happier... i would've gone into aspen dental much sooner.
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east to counter iran. >> president trump: i don't think we'll need them. iran has been a dangerous, bad player. they're a nation of terror. and we won't put up with it. >> bill: now we know what the number is. the pentagon plans to send no more than 2,000 troops in the middle east to boost security in the region. the acting defense secretary shanahan says it's about deterrents, not war. republican peter king, member of the homeland security committee with me now. what does this move signal to you, sir? >> it shows that the president is very serious about deterring iran and sending a signal to iran we realize and the president realizes and defense establishment realizes that iran was planning or intends to launch attacks against either american interests or allies and that this is a deterrent to tell them not to do it. the last thing he wants is war
but on the other hand he can't allow iran to think they can get away with attacks against us or our allies. the president is doing the right thing. i think the president in the world we live in today has to have this power. i know the joint chiefs of staff is supporting it and they believe this type of military build-up is not large but significant and sends a strong signal to iran and one of the deals you may never know if it's successful or not. success means not being attacked. it is hard to tell if there was an attack planned but what i understand the intelligence i believe they have planned attacks. so far they haven't occurred and i say so far so good. >> bill: shanahan yesterday when he was asked about the number. >> there is not a number. what we're focused on right now is do we have the right force protection in the middle east? as soon as there is a change i promise i'll give you an update but those numbers -- >> bill: we have this reporting
from the state department. rich edson and pat sommers there. hamas enacted austerity plans. shia militia groups have been told to find new sources of revenue. cyber command is short on cash and hezbollah is working for more public donations. if that is even halfway true, what does that mean, sir? >> the sanctions are working. iran is more vulnerable than it had been. part of their strength comes from having hezbollah, international terror force. agents here in the united states and around the world. you've seen what they can do in south america. same with hamas in the middle east and you have the revolutionary guard. iran is a state terror nation and to the extent we can weaken them and they run short on cash or assets it's extremely important and again it strengthens our hand. you combine that with the military deterrents and what the president i think is doing is really reducing the threat
of war at the same time reducing the threat from iran. >> bill: let's see how it goes. there could be strangling the economic matters there. come back home for a moment. what's happening between the relationship with president trump and nancy pelosi? >> i would say they've had a short term breakup here. listen, i understand nancy pelosi has to satisfy her base. she has to say some anti-trump comments about impeachment but she went too far. you can't call the president of the united states a criminal an hour before you go in to have bipartisan negotiations and talks. so the speaker was wrong in doing that. i understand why the president did what he did. i would call on the two of them to try to find a way, have a truce, the issue of infrastruck is so vital. i understand where the president is coming from. nancy pelosi went too far. she has a left wing base trying to put her in a direction she doesn't want to go but she has to control that base without
directly insulting and not calling the president of the united states a criminal. >> bill: here is the president yesterday on her. watch this and listen. >> president trump: she is not the same person. she has lost it. the whole democrat party is very messed up. they have never recovered from the great election of 2016. nancy pelosi was not happy about it and she is a mess. >> bill: then that drew a response last evening the tweet from nancy pelosi went like this. when the extremely stable genius starts acting more presidential i would be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues. if you watch the commentary on the other networks throughout the day and evening they believe nancy pelosi is inside of the president's head. what do you think? >> i would say if anything the president inside nancy's head. she was making the more personal attacks. they're both tough fighters and know what they're doing. i think it's time to calm it
down a bit and if nancy pelosi could again keep her base happy, the president sit down and negotiate with nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. we need infrastructure. that's more important. they've taken their shots and declare victory and go on. >> bill: thank you, sir. enjoy the memorial weekend. the republican from new york. 20 past the hour now. >> sandra: wikileaks founder assange indicted on 18 espionage charges for his role in one of the biggest compromises on u.s. intelligence in history. >> bill: flash flooding concerns in missouri. more twisters touchdown in the heartland. what people need to know there today. >> it looks like it exploded. trees everywhere just debris all -- that was the one thing, debris. people's houses have been shattered.
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>> bill: there are now new charges against the wikileaks founder julian assange filed under the espionage act for revealing national secrets setting up a legal battle over first amendment protections. it alleges assange induced chelsea manning to send him classified documents. the latest move marking a latest escalation to fight back on leaks, advocates and some legal experts call it a threat to press freedom. assange in jail in london awaiting extradition to the u.s. or sweden. >> sandra: now to jefferson city, missouri where they're already dealing with the aftermath of those devastating tornadoes there and will now have to contend with the threat of severe flooding. joining us on the phone is mike
o'connell. communications director for the missouri department of public safety. good morning to you. first of all, what are you telling people in that area this morning as far as the continued threats that they face? >> first off the good news, sandra, is that we've got no people unaccounted for right now after this ef3 tornado went through missouri. power restoration efforts are taking place. streets are being cleared of debris. neighbors are helping neighbors and volunteers are reporting here in jefferson city to help out. the good news, all those things are happening. what we tell people all the time is that they need to be following the weather all the time. when there is the possibility of severe weather, they need to be paying attention to it more closely. we want them to have multiple ways of getting weather alerts so that could be you are signed up for tweets from the national weather service that give you
an alert, you are signed up with your local news channel, you are paying attention on the radio so that if one of those means fails, you've got another way of getting that message. and then you need to know what you are going to do if there is a tornado warning. where are you going to shelter at all times? always be thinking about that. it is very similar with flooding. we want people to know they should be following the weather and paying attention but they also should know that more than half of flooding fatalities occur with people who are in cars. it is very dangerous. you can wind up particularly at night and when heavy rains are coming down you can wind up in flooded streets and low water bridges before you even know it. so we want people to be aware of all of those things that they should be doing in advance and then the preparedness tips
that they should understand. >> sandra: as you've been talking we've been looking at utter devastation on the ground. how is the community responding this morning as far as cleanup efforts and coming together to respond to a situation that could soon get worse with that threat of flooding? >> the good thing here is missourians are very good about helping fellow missourians. this morning we have a volunteer reception center set up at the mall. people are coming in. we'll be getting out more messages to make sure that everybody knows where to go. that's one of the key things we can do when we have the volunteer support, we want to make sure that they know what they can do, where they can go and we want them to be put to good news so that they have a good experience and that tends to have more people then come in and pass the word and help other people. we want them to be paying
attention as we discussed to the weather and taking preemptive steps. you get a lot of weather alerts and weather information nowadays. people can be sometimes lulled into a false sense of security. this weather alert yesterday that went out or wednesday night people paid attention to because they had been following the weather throughout the day and knew that the risk potential had been raised. there was an update during the day, people knew about that, and then were able to take action. fortunately we had no deaths here in jefferson city. we did have 11 people injured but none of those injuries serious. >> sandra: thank god for all of that. our thoughts and prayers continue with all the people in the community on the ground there that has a long way to recover and restore as we look at some of these houses with the roofs completely ripped off. mike, we appreciate you coming on with us. hope to get an update from you
somewhere down the line. there is a lot of work to be done there. appreciate your time, mike. >> bill: great guest and great advice. there is a result over brexit forcing the u.k. prime minister to step down. who takes her place? what happens next? what does it mean for us? will they ever reach a deal? all questions today coming up. >> sandra: plus the mueller report saga sparking an impeachment frenzy and even more investigations. a lot of lawmakers are wondering why we haven't yet heard from the special counsel robert mueller himself. new details on how that testimony may now take place. >> bill: sandra, as that unfolds president trump delivering a counter punch to his critics giving his a.g. sweeping new authority to dig into the claims of spying and then tell us about it. former deputy independent counsel sol wisenberg has a lot of thoughts on this. we'll talk to him coming up.
>> they knew christopher steele's documents were not credible and continued the investigation. this is all about the president keeping his promise to the american people. i applaud him for doing exactly what he said to make sure they get declassified and let the american people judge for themselves.
>> i will shortly leave the job that has been the honor of my life to hold. the second female prime minister but certainly not the last. i do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country i love. >> bill: that was the news we woke up to. theresa may announcing her resignation saying it's in the best interest of her country and the u.k. she tried several times to push through a deal on brexit. the story is live in london.
greg palkot, what happens next? >> what happens next is a complicated picture. brexit broke theresa. her inability to get through a deal to get britain to exit the european union did her in and raises a lot of questions in this key u.s. ally. the most we saw today was that u.k. prime minister theresa may came out of number 10 downing street, her residence and office, stepped down as leader of the conservative party, she will be doing that in two weeks' time. a new leader will be found. that will take six weeks. that person will take over the prime minister job and try to deliver on that vote on leaving the european union that the u.k. went with some three years ago. a bit more of what she had to say today. >> it is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that i have not been able to deliver brexit. it will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honors the result of the referendum.
>> now her own approach to a brexit deal worked out for months and months with e.u. officials was turned down by the u.k. parliament three different times in the past several months. who will take over may's job is the big question. a lot of contenders. one a colorful, brexit pusher former london mayor boris johnson but one of many contenders. then can the new prime minister do the deal? many analysts have doubts. the country is deeply divided. few people want to compromise. new deadline for a deal october 31st. there is even talk of another general election. final note, bill. may will still be prime minister albeit a lame duck one when president trump comes for a state visit in the early part of next month. they will be meeting but always covering his bases politically president trump has organized a dinner with one of his favorites, that is boris johnson, who can be the next
prime minister. a little bit more in line with how president trump feels about brexit and about a lot of things regarding trade and politics. back to you. >> bill: very interesting developments. markets just opened and up triple digits at the moment. we'll see what happens today. greg palkot in london. 168 to the positive side. >> material in a way it won't compromise the national security. barr will look at it from a criminal point of view. horowitz will tell us about the fisa warrant how the department and f.b.i. behaved and i'll look at all of it to make sure it never happens again. >> sandra: that's the latest from lindsey graham this morning after president trump has given his attorney general sweeping authority to investigate potential spying during the 2016 campaign. let's bring in sol wisenberg from former deputy independent
counsel. barr has been ordered by the president to release all documents related to the surveillance of the trump campaign in 2016 and ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with barr. what does it all mean and what does this give him access to? >> well, i don't believe he ordered barr to declassify. he gave barr the authority to declassify and that's very important. the decision will still be up to barr because he might decide in a particular case that something is too sensitive to declassify. but i have -- i'm overjoyed by the news. it is long overdue. what does that memo mean saying you should cooperate? it is putting the intelligence community on notice, cut the stonewalling out, which is obviously necessary if people think it is not necessary let me give you two words. kathleen carve l*ek, the state department employee who we just found out a couple of weeks ago
michael -- christopher steele visited her before the first fisa warrant was applied for, gave false information to her about a russian consulate that didn't exist, admitted he had been talking to the news media which in the first fisa warrant the f.b.i. said was not happening. and also admitted his bias saying he wanted it out before the election. she gave all of that to the f.b.i. before the fisa warrant was applied for and we're just finding out about it now. i think people are tired of this. they're tired of the stonewalling. barr is the person who has been given the authority to help get to the bottom of it. unless you give that authority to somebody with the power and experience of bill barr people will continue to stone wall. it's a great thing. >> sandra: to your point the attorney general has been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation. that being said, a lot of
questions about james comey, clapper, brennan. what does this all mean for them? what should they be thinking at this point? >> well, i know a lot of people on the right are overjoyed because they think a number of people are going to be going to prison. i would caution against -- i would caution against that kind of talk. i think probably at the end of the day very few people are going to be tried and we shouldn't want our opponents to go to prison unless they've actually violated the criminal law. let's just get the facts and have an honest broker get to the bottom of it. and this u.s. attorney in connecticut who barr has designated to head up the criminal investigation, is by all accounts a completely honest broker, apolitical fellow, durham, u.s. attorney in connecticut. that's the kind of person we want doing this. we don't need a special counsel.
let's let him do it. but the importance of giving barr this power is people are going to listen to bill barr because this memo makes it clear i want -- the president wants this information given to bill barr, it is appropriate. he is the attorney general of the united states. >> sandra: another question is when will we hear from robert mueller himself? there have been calls on both sides of the aisle to hear him testify. jerry nadler the chairman of the judiciary committee in the house gave a little color on when and how we might hear from robert mueller. here is jerry nadler. >> i think i can say at this point he wants to testify in private. willing to make an opening statement but wants to testify in priefsh and participate he doesn't want to be a political spectacle. >> sandra: it may be private behind closed doors. we would see the transcript, sol. how would this potentially change things to hear from
robert mueller? >> congressman nadler knows all about public spec tackles. he has participated in them his whole career including when ken starr was brought before the judiciary committee. i understand why bob mueller doesn't want to testify publicly because it will be a circus on both sides. there will be a lot of grandstanding. we've seen these hearings where the congressmen get five minutes each and speaking to their base. i get it. and if he does testify privately there is going to be a transcript evidently. but i think he should testify publicly even with that said. i think he will do fine and i think the people need to see it. he has given us a public report and that we've seen almost all of and i think he should testify publicly. >> sandra: sol, great to get your thoughts on all of that. thank you. >> bill: quick check of the hoops court. green bay packers getting to a
beer chugging contest. what else do you do at a basketball playoff game? showing them how it's done. the quarterback aaron rodgers not quite as successful. where is aaron rodgers? that's a lineman there, where is the quarterback? here we go. a little fun here. a little bit. come on. come on. we should not be encouraging this on television. he has to get his breath. come on, there we go. great example. that's what we're doing. >> sandra: he tried to play along. f.b.i. issuing a new warning on terrorism saying there is a significant spike in terror activity here at home as we learn there are 5,000 open investigations in the u.s. and abroad. what can the u.s. do to combat these staggering figures. there are new questions about the release of the american taliban. how will john walker lindh be
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lindh, walked free from jail yesterday despite a lot of concerns that he could still be a violent islamic extremist. john walker lindh served 17 years of a 20-year sentence under the guidelines issued by the american government he was free to walk out yesterday. now the authorities took his passport, apparently he does have the ability to have a driver's license. president trump was asked about this yesterday and said the following about john walker lindh. >> president trump: what bothers me more than anything else is that here is a man who has not given up his proclamation of terror. and we have to let him out. am i happy about it? not even a little bit. the lawyers have gone through it with a fine tooth comb. if there was a way to break that i would have broken it in two seconds. >> bill: the president's position is clear on this. here is the issue. as we spoke yesterday with a former federal prosecutor, there needs to be a new review of the american prison system
because there are currently 90 other cases in the u.s. just like john walker lindh. now being held on the same -- for similar charges. johnny joey jones is a veteran marine bomb tech and he is with me now. nice to have you back on our program today. what do you think about what happens now with john walker lindh and how we go about solving this? >> well, the first case is why did we let him out early? no reason to let someone out on good behavior talking about writing letters supporting the caliphate through military arms. that's not good behavior. secondly it's a lesson we have to learn. if we're still at war with an organization or entity we can't let sympathizers out of jail. i don't think there is much we can do with him now. if we fast forward or wind back 17 years, there are things that could have been done then and maybe he should have never left the battlefield in my opinion. >> bill: there are 90 more
terror-related offenders just like lindh released over the next five or six years. some argue a review is in order. what would you do, joey? >> i think that's absolutely right. i think everything we can do, every motion we can make and technicality we can find to keep men and women who would do us harm and given us reason to believe it, that's what we need to do. john walker lindh is a national security threat. we're still at war with the taliban, with isis. and he is a sympathizer and someone -- his biggest defense he was young and naive. they don't travel halfway around the world and join one of the most secretive organizations in the world that's being sought down by the united states government. that's not young and naive, that's deliberate and purposes. that's dedicated to a cause. this is a cause of military action to establish an islamic caliphate. that's terrorism is what that is and what he is.
he doesn't need to be walking our streets especially when he has been linked to the death of an american. >> he moved to yemen about three years before 9/11. found himself during 9/11 in afghanistan where he was apprehended during the killing of mike span. joey, only have 20 seconds left here. you talk about what we could have done 17, 18, 19 years ago. what do you do now? >> now you look at everyone we have in custody and everyone we're looking at prosecuting and plan for the future. as long as this is a legitimate concern people need to stay in custody, jail or just not be in this country in whatever means necessary. >> bill: he pledged support for isis four years ago behind bars. something to watch. nice to see you again if south carolina today. thank you for your time. >> yes, sir. >> sandra: a judge going against the wishes of jussie smollett's legal team unsealing the case files.
>> sandra: critics say living conditions in seattle are deteriorating accusing the city of turning a blind eye when it comes to drug dealers and camping on sidewalks. dan springer has the story from seattle for us this morning. dan. >> a few years ago seattle passed a social justice initiative making every department of city government look at how their policies affect the poor and people of color. now critics say it's led to people skating justice. seattle's homeless population is the third highest of any u.s. city. one likely reason, seattle doesn't reforce its anti-camp law. there are thousands of people living in tents many addicted
to drugs. they won't charge people with less than a gram so no fear of jail time and you won't get hauled into court not paying a bus fare and not paying the fine. king county metro no longer treats that as a misdemeanor and minorities and poor people were affected the most. >> the foundation of how we look at all of our policies has a very strong equity and social justice perspective. >> the seattle school district said black and latino kids were getting suspended at higher rates than white students. this year did away with suspensions in elementary school and could extend to higher grades next year. in the fall residents will be asked to pass a $213 million property tax levy to allow the libraries to eliminate fines for late book returns. a study found minorities and poor people got locked out of their accounts more frequently than others. critics are starting to fight back.
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is too sensitive to declassify. it is basically putting the intelligence community on notice cut the stonewalling out. >> bill: alison barber live at the white house with more. good morning. >> good morning. the white house claims that this move will help to restore confidence in american public institutions. adam schiff does not believe that. he says the president and attorney general are conspiring to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies. adding quote the cover-up has entered a new and dangerous phase. this is unamerican. attorney general bill barr previously tapped john durham, the u.s. attorney in connecticut to look at the origins in the russia investigation and look into if the methods used were lawful. john huber has been looking at aspects of the russia investigations for more than a year. it gives attorney general barr a lot of power over the
intelligence community and what information the public gets to see and learn. the president gives attorney general bill barr unilateral authority to unseal documents typically kept and considered secret. the president said this would happen and happen soon in an interview with catherine herridge a couple of weeks ago. >> is there a timeline on when the public will see these russia records declassified? >> president trump: yes, i'm going to be allowing declassification soon. i wanted to wait because i've seen the way they play. they play dirty. i'll be doing it very soon. far more than you would have thought. whenever they need it i'll be doing it. i will be declassifying everything. >> sarah sanders says the president's directive to the intelligence community was given at the request and recommendation of the attorney general. bill and sandra.
>> bill: ellison barber from the white house. >> sandra: let's bring in the friday america's a-team. amos snead, jeanne zaino, professor of political signs and jillian melchior. >> any spying on a campaign is a big deal, whether you're republican or democrat. will it be declassified and share is the question. in this current environment it will turn political. it already has. they'll try to get to the bottom of it, was there spying, who led it. we'll see a political battle on this topic for the next 18 months. >> that's right. this is something that's important to get out there. as much transparency as we can have around the issue. it was important to get the
mueller report out to make sure russia didn't rig the elections. in the same way it's important for the american public to know if law enforcement medaled in the election. >> bill: if you're that concerned about foreign interference you should be just as concerned as something was amiss here at home. this phrase thumb on the scale is something we keep coming back to. here is bill barr. >> i think people have to find out what the government was doing during that period. if we're worried about foreign influence for the very same reason we should be worried whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale. and so i'm not saying that happened but i'm saying that we have to look at that. >> bill: that process is now underway. >> absolutely. i think we all agree that we should have transparency, declassification of all these materials. if the goal is confidence in our institutions, we need to
have confidence in all of our institutions and i think both the administration and congress could do a much, much better job. let's be clear. all of our institutions agree that there was russian interference or attempted interference in our elections. we have that documented throughout the mueller report and we need to know and understand that as we approach 2020. so we as voters can all have confidence that our votes are going to be counted appropriately without undue interference foreign or domestic. >> sandra: big deal. this back and forth between nancy pelosi and the president this week has been something that dominated the headlines. here is nancy pelosi in one of her latest tweets. when the extremely stable genius starts acting more presidential i'll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues. we know that did not happen at that scheduled meeting with chuck schumer, nancy pelosi and the president this week. he walked out and gave a speech in the rose garden after it didn't work out. here is the president responding to nancy pelosi yesterday.
>> president trump: i walked into the cabinet room. you had the group crying chuck, crazy nancy. i tell you what, i've been watching her and i have been watching her for a long period of time. she is not the same person. she has lost it. >> sandra: amos, this is something to sit back and watch. >> from a messaging standpoint i do believe nancy pelosi is running out of options. this has moved from a constitutional crisis to obstruction of justice to a cover-up. she is saying everything she can without saying we'll go forward with impeachment. from a messaging standpoint i don't know how long she can continue to do that. >> i would agree. she is trying to play both sides. she has a base that really wants to impeach trump but i think you've also got to worry about the broader electorate. if you go through with an impeachment half of american will feel disenfranchised. it doesn't make sense to throw out all these accusation impeachable and no proceed with it.
she can initiate the proper sedings if she wants to. it chips away at her own credibility when she does that and doesn't follow up. >> i look at this and i'm like where is the dignity in all this? the president of the united states calling the third in line to the presidency names, the minority leader of the senate. she in return is shooting backfire. there should be a lot more dignity in our public life. it is very frustrating to me to talk to students and this is what we see at the top. impeachment is not a good option for democrats. >> sandra: listening right now might want to say it started out with nancy pelosi accusing the president of a crime. >> absolutely. i called her out as well. she is third in line to the presidency, the speaker of the house. we need to restore dignity in public life. how do you expect young, good, smart people to want to go into public life if this is the interaction they're having? >> bill: peter king had a phrase for it an hour ago. did you hear that? watch. >> short term breakup here.
listen, i understand nancy pelosi has to satisfy her base. she has to say some anti-trump comments about impeachment but she went too far. you can't be calling the president of the united states a criminal an hour before you go in to have bipartisan negotiations. >> bill: he was making a few more points we're making, too. they've had a short-term breakup. >> it's getting messy. >> we're watching a daily battle for control of the media narrative. you watch both sides take shots. wednesday we had competing press conferences several times within a couple hour period. but that's what we'll see. we'll see the loudest voices you can find to control the media narrative each day now through november. >> sandra: kim strassel makes this point. she writes will pelosi follow her trump loathing base or the centrists who won her the gavel. what is her next move questioning the tolerance of her base for her next move?
>> she is between a rock and a hard place, the same as 2020 kands. you are dealing with an extreme base goading you to do the most extreme thing. the question for her is how long can she hold them off? she is putting herself in a position where she doesn't follow up all the big talk with some action she kind of loses i guess her momentum and credibility. >> nancy pelosi understands if they move forward with impeachment you lose seats in the house. she understands that. her political team understands that but she is running out of options. >> i think she has had the right calculation but she is being pressured. impeachment is not a good option for democrats going into 2020. it plays to the republicans' hands and the president knows that. there is a great way to rile up the republican base and that's to talk impeachment. so nancy pelosi is well aware of that. this gets back to another problem. this gets back to gerrymandering. talking about the constituencies and districts.
you can see in kimberly's piece. the people in the liberal districts pushed to talk about impeachment and those in more moderate districts on the democratic side staying away from it. nancy pelosi is in an intractable position. being speaker of the house is no longer what it used to be. i think under the circumstances she is doing a fairly good job. >> bill: don't know what is happening with bob mueller but he won't publicly testify. jerry nadler last night. >> mueller, i think i can say at this point that he wants to testify in prifsh at. he is willing to make an opening statement but wants to testify in private. we're saying we think it's important for the american people to hear from him and to hear from his answers to questions about the report. >> bill: well then, what gives? this is one of the most-asked questions in washington today. what's up? >> well, you know, i think what's been really interesting with the mueller report is seeing democrats handle it not as a way to get answers but
drive a political point. we've certainly seen this where the declassification narrative. 99% declassified. offers to come see what's redacted in parts and they don't bother to do it. i think there is part of -- >> bill: how about this issue. bob mueller sits down and the first question is when did you know there was no russia collusion? what was the date you settled on for that? six months ago, a year ago, two years ago? and when you establish that, why didn't you tell us? >> i think that's a completely fair question. i think when we're looking at democrats and their behavior the important thing for us to keep in mind is are they acting in good faith and are they trying to get answers or are they trying to turn it into a political circus? i think it's obvious if you look at it who is trying to turn it into a political circus. >> i don't think that bob mueller if he does testify a big if will be incredibly satisfying to democrats. he knows his way around
washington he knows how to testify. it won't be groundbreaking. >> we'll see more of this for the next 18 months. >> sandra: thanks to all three of you. thank you. >> bill: more breaking news on the matter between iran and the u.s. pentagon officials saying fewer than 2,000 troops will head to the middle east as we learn the trump administration's maximum pressure campaign might be working. meanwhile tensions remain high between israel and gaza today. more protests expected to unfold and trey yengst is there on the gaza/israeli border to watch it unfold. what do you have? >> protestors gathered along the border for the 59th friday in a row protesting the israeli blockade on the gaza strip. israeli sharpshooters have lined up as demonstrators were bused to the protest locations following afternoon prayer. show you a little scene behind me here. off in the distance you can see some tear gas on the ground. a number of people who have come to the border from inside
gaza as part of this protest. the palestinian health ministry says a number of participants have been injured because of tear gas inhalation. hundreds rockets were fired a few weeks ago. last week the administration announced an economic summit in bahrain as part of their implementation. palestinians in gaza and west bank have rejected the proposition for any deal that don't answer their demands and say they were not consulted ahead of time. additionally groups like hamas and islamic jihad say they're not willing to work with the u.s. administration when it comes to a peace deal but working with egyptian mediators to work on a short term cease-fire with the israelis coming as tensions remain high in the region with iran. we know according to the
factions inside gaza, hamas and jihad has confirmed they receive funding from the iranian regime but as rich edson has reported this week, it does appear that some of the trump administration sanctions may be affecting the amount of funding those groups inside gaza are getting. >> bill: trey yengst. >> sandra: in less than an hour president trump is taking off for tokyo. the big issue on the table, the trade battle and how to deal with china. >> bill: speaking of a trade war, the trump administration trying to help the heartland rolling out a massive $16 billion aid package to america's farmers. is that enough to ease the pain? the money man is charles payne and he will break that down next. >> president trump: we will ensure our farmers get the relief they need and very, very quickly. it's a good time to be a farmer, we'll make sure of that.
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failed. she will leave the party jun 7th and the search for the new prime minister will begin the following week. more on the fallout, what it means there and what it means here coming up from steve hilton coming up in our next hour. stay tuned for more on that. >> president trump: we'll be taking in over a period of time hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs and charges to china. and our farmers will be greatly helped. we want to get them back to the point where they would have had if they had a good year. the $16 billion in funds will help keep our cherished farms thriving and make clear that no country has veto on america's economic and national security. >> sandra: fox news alert. president trump rolling out a $16 billion aid package to america's farmers amid the trade battle with china. wall street appears to be in rally mode to close out the week ahead of the long holiday weekend after falling 300 points yesterday. there you have a gain of 120
points on the big board. we'll see how the day plays out. it is still early. charles payne host of making money on fbn is here. good morning, charles. looks like maybe a rally to finish off the week but it has been a rough road with this trade war and now the aid package to farmers. >> it has been a rough few weeks for the market. we have to put it in context. even if the market was the thinnest right now and where we were on the last day of the year, people would say it was a magnificent year for the market. we've made extraordinary gains in the stock market this year. a combination of things triggered by the unknown of where we go from here that has created some profit taking and pressure. but i think it could have been worse. the fact that we're not down even more, sandra, i think suggests wall street does believes ultimately there will be some sort of deal. i think so. but i also think that if there isn't, then we'll learn to live with it both as a country and
the stock market because i think the fight at this point, the majority of folks would agree the fight is one we must fight. >> bill: farmers want to sell more than soybeans. you have to feel for them. >> i do feel for them. one thing i've been talking about is the fact most people don't realize soybean prices were down over 50% the day president trump was being inaugurated. what bothers me i didn't see articles on the front page of the journal or "washington post" or "new york times" talking about the plight of the american farmer. we have to be careful not to become agents of china and let's remember, it's not trump's tariff war hurting the american farmer. it's china as retaliation. china has been ripping off america for years. president trump pushes back and they mug our farmers. it is not welfare they're getting. we owe this to the american farmer for many reasons including the fact they're
being targeted. they're being targeted for punishment by a foreign country. >> sandra: we spoke to the head of the farmers union in washington, d.c. last week and they support the president's actions. but they are suffering. there is short term pain that they've got to deal with. >> there is short-term pain. when this whole thing started to evolve. i said president trump should go on national tv and say at some point there will be pain for this. natural pain comes with ultimately some higher prices for things and retaliation. the farmers are in the eye of the storm for many reasons. listen, they're brilliant. president xi is playing a brilliant public relations game and a willing american media. you know what they're doing now at 7:00? they say the national anthem. everyone in the country. he knows it will -- everyone say the national anthem. so they are fighting back in every way they can because they don't want to give this up.
it has been an amazing gravy train. >> bill: he is off to japan today. "the new york times" piece this week, did it catch your attention? >> it did. >> bill: here is the headline. american cities are unlivable they write, blame wealthy liberals according to this opinion piece. the demise of a california housing measure shows how progressives abandon progressive values. there it is, in their own backyards. >> it is not just california but it is absolutely amazing. we talk about so interesting because you talk about income inequality. nothing exemplifies that more than california. we have silicon valley folks who bid up the homes. no one can afford to live there if they aren't an engineer working at a major tech firm. same thing in new york city. i don't think most people realize the income inequality gap between white men and new york city is the worse anywhere else in this country. the liberal new york city.
so it's one thing for these people to talk the talk but they don't walk the walk. and it is really bad. that's why you see massive homeless crisis. how can california and los angeles have this many homeless folks? how can seattle, the richest city in america perhaps the world, on a per capita basis have the homeless crisis that they have? how do they react to it? they make furniture so awkward that you can't take a nap on it to deter the homeless from being seen in public. that's how they react it to. so it's tough. >> sandra: wonder what is going to give. >> it's been an interesting fallacy that non-millionaires in california have lived with for a long time and i think it's backfiring on them. the high gas prices, the high rents, the inability to get ahead. i think -- i hope that people in california at some point wake up and revolt. you think they would at some
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>> president trump: i've been watching her and i have been watching her for a long period of time. she is not the same person. she has lost it. >> this time another temper tantrum again. i pray for the president of the united states. i wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country. >> bill: we had a back and forth all day yesterday. president trump, house speaker nancy pelosi escalating their personal feud as the drama plays out congress is trying to get down to business. what about that business? our headliner is presidential candidate and democratic congresswoman tulsi gabbard out of hawaii. welcome back to "america's newsroom." so peter king said they've had a short-term breakup. how do you characterize it? >> look, i think it is the hyper partisanship and divisiveness that people are sick and tired of that they see
in washington getting in the way of actually doing the people's business, serving the people of this country. there is so much that needs to be done. we've heard talks about actually finally passing an infrastructure bill, something that communities like mine in hawaii and all across the country are in dire need of. we have to put the well-being of the people first in this country and do what it takes to deliver results for them. >> bill: how much of this do you think is posturing right now and how much do you think it is personal? >> i don't know. frankly it doesn't matter. what matters is that we in this country as leaders have a mandate to fulfill the vision that our founders laid out for us. to have a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. not for the democrats, not for the republicans. not for the rich and powerful, for the people. and so we have to be able to come together whether the differences are personal or whatever it is, set aside those differences and actually put the people of this country first.
>> sandra: congresswoman, the american people what they saw this week is nothing getting done in washington there was this planned meeting at the white house that was supposed to get something done on infrastructure. that was the plan. nancy pelosi took to the microphone early that morning accused the president of a crime, the president responded in the rose garden shortly after. i mean, for the american people, they saw nothing getting done on those important issues you just mentioned. >> and it's very disturbing. i can speak as a solder. i've served in the army national guard for over 16 years and deployed twice to the middle east and something i've appreciated so much throughout my time in service with my fellow service members, people who come from across the country, different ideological spectrum, different politics, different race, ethnicity, religion, orientation but we all serve one mission, serving the interests of the american people. that kind of focus on service,
putting service above self is what our country's leaders need. >> bill: the big news today is the president ordered all the intel chiefs to cooperate with bill barr a.g. and we'll see some of these documents, sooner rather than later. how curious are you to know about the fisa court and carter page and the surveillance of george papadopoulos and the james comey meeting at the trump tower in january of 2017? >> i think the truth is most important to come through. i think we've seen both in some of the examples that you've raised but also previous examples of how the fisa court and this system is not working in the best interests of the people of this country. we have a one-sided system really that does not represent any voice or any protection for the civil liberties and privacy of the american people. this is something that i've been working on with fellow democrats and republicans to
try to bring about some real change and real reform. >> would you consider a private citizen at the time, a candidate for the white house, to be in that same category, that being donald trump. >> i'm not sure what you mean. >> bill: talk about affording everyday people their civil liberties to make sure they're protected by the system of justice. >> of course, of course. the rights that every single one of us have that are afforded to us under the constitution including civil liberties and privacy. >> sandra: you have strong thoughts how to proceed with escalating tensions with iran. here is the president on that yesterday. i'll ask you about it after. >> president trump: they are a nation of terror and we won't put up with it. the deal that was signed by president obama was a horror show. a terrible deal. the minute i collapsed that deal and terminated it iran went in a very bad direction. they are now suffering massive
problems financially. they have inflation that is about the highest in the world. >> sandra: how should the united states proceed, congresswoman? >> let's talk about where we are now. we're unfortunately in very concerningly on the brink of war with iran. these escalating tensions have brought us here. my experience as a solder having deployed twice to the middle east service in congress on the foreign affairs and armed services committees for over six years i'm familiar with the region, the cost of war and where this path leads us. the american people need to understand how devastating and costly such a war would be. how it would impact almost every part of our lives. it would undermine our national security, it would strengthen terrorist groups like isis and al qaeda and take the terrible human toll. the cost of countless american service members' lives. my brothers and sisters in uniform. the cost to civilians in the
region. increasing the refugee crisis across europe and it would cost trillions of dollars that would come out of our pockets. taxpayers' pockets to pay for this endless war. resources that we would not be able to use for things like rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. >> bill: to build on that and to prevent that as a deterrent will you give this administration credit for squeezing groups that are offshoots that are supported by the iranian government? just the report this morning suggesting hezbollah and hamas are reaching out to get more funding and money because they're being strangled. would you give him that? >> the decisions that this administration has taken towards iran have made things worse, not better. they have made our country, the american people, less safe, not more secure. by pulling out of the iran nuclear deal that there are some flaws and there are concerns that should have been addressed separately while maintaining and upholding the iran nuclear deal to prevent iran from getting nuclear
weapons. instead by the trump administration pulling out from this deal, they've essentially given iran an excuse to be able to restart this iran nuclear weapons program which is something that they've started talking about. something that makes us and the world far less safe. so as president i would reenter the iran nuclear deal. work out the differences outside of that and de-escalate the tensions that are bringing us to the brink of war with iran today. >> bill: i appreciate your position. >> sandra: 2020 democratic presidential candidates polling. joe biden clearly still the frontrunner leading by double digits over bernie sanders, kamala harris, elizabeth warren. you aren't on the screen because you're still polling in the single digits. how do you plan to make your move? >> we're bringing our message
directly to the american people and that is a message of putting the well-being and interests of the american people first and foremost ahead of partisan interests, ahead of corporate interests, ahead of interests of other countries. and making this commitment to them that as president i will end these wasteful regime change wars whether it's against countries like venezuela, iran syria. work to end the new cold war between the united states and nuclear armed countries like russia and china. and end this nuclear arms race and take the trillions of dollars that we would continue to spend on these wars and weapons if we continue down the path we're on, and take those dollars and put them back in the pockets of the american people. use those dollars to serve the needs of the american people. >> bill: we're out of time but certainly appreciate yours today. have a good memorial weekend. tulsi gabbard out of washington, d.c. >> sandra: fox news alert.
julian assange indicted on 18 additional charges the u.s. accusing him of one of the largest leaks of classified information in u.s. history. doug mcelway is in washington on all this. good morning. >> good morning. the 18-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in alexandria yesterday alleges that julian assange directed bradley manning to conspire with wikileaks in the publication of one of the biggest leaks of classified national defense information in u.s. history and alleges assange caused imminent risk to the lives of human sources, local afghans and iraqis and journalists, religious leaders, political dissidents living in those repressive regimes. they're also raising a red flag among free press advocates and libertarians. they called it a dire threat to
press freedom. for the first time in the history the government has brought criminal charges against a publisher for the publication of truthful information. this is an extraordinary escalation of the trump administration's attack on journalism and a direct assault on the first amendment. the u.s. government maintains that assange is no journalist. assistant attorney said indeed, no responsible actor journalist or otherwise would purposely public the names of individuals he or she knew to be confidential human sources in a war zone exposing thetoavest of. the proliferation of trans national internet sights like wikileaks has come mrited the distinction between journalism and it's not uncommon for responsible editors to meet with officials to draw the distinctions. assange never did that according to this indictment. >> sandra: thank you.
>> bill: severe storms hitting the heartland, a series of devastating tornadoes in missouri. the flooding threat far from over as the rivers swell. the latest. >> sandra: a judge ruling to unseal the files of jussie smollett in his case there. what will these documents actually reveal? >> remains to be done because it is not the court file that is all important. it is ms. foxx's file and the decision-making process into how this case was handled. improve our workflow. attract new customers. that's when fastsigns recommended fleet graphics. yeah, and now business is rolling in. get started at fastsigns.com.
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been accused of. >> sandra: that was the chicago fraternal order of police president talked about the dropped jussie smollett case in chicago. a judge ordering the state's attorney's office to unseal case documents this week. police say smollett staged an attack against himself for publicity. prosecutors dropping the charges under questionable circumstances. mercedes colwin. 200 to 300 pages of documents. what could they reveal? >> witness statements, documents, text messages. there will be some documentation. it is interesting because this is such an extraordinary measure to have a document that's already been sealed to be unsealed by the judge. but the judge was so fired up about that press conference. i think we actually all met talking about that here. that press conference after the charges were dismissed and the records were sealed. then jussie smollett comes out and entire press corps and
professing his innocence. >> his lawyer talked a lot. >> completely. right. i've handled cases where things have been sealed. you just stop talking about the case, don't discuss it, don't have press conferences. i instruct the clients don't say a word. this is a hail mary. this is a blessing. let's move on. >> sandra: considering sort of the unprecedented circumstances that you are describing what happens next. does anything change as a result of this? >> there is also this companion case out there where at least jussie will be ordered, if it's successful, to pay for the investigation close to $200,000. we have that. it might implicate that case. there have been rumblings there might be federal charges. i think at this point it may go to the wayside. most importantly it is really the sunlight we need about this case. >> bill: you are making the case so to speak that the judge was upset or bothered by a press conference and that's what led to this decision. >> if you read the decision,
the judge actually says how important is his privacy that he would have a press conference after all this is said and done and sealed? so it is not that paramount to him. why should we keep it sealed and private to the rest of the country? it's really setting precedent. a warning for anybody out there. if you are going to do something like this and you bring on this type of attention to yourself, there can be some dire consequences. >> bill: another topic. we woke up to the news of julian assange. what do you make of that and the more charges in the government's case? >> i'm torn for many reasons. a lot of folks out there are saying well, was he a journalist, not a journalist? the espionage act does not make the distinction. many of us looking at this. it doesn't matter where you are politically, is this something that the country should have known? is this something that was so dangerous that cost the possible lives of others "the
new york times" used him as a source maybe julian assange wouldn't have been classified as a source? >> bill: on the ex extradition battle who stands a better chance, stockholm or washington, d.c.? >> i think washington, d.c. i think it's so -- over sweden. it is so aggressive. whose lives are at risk with some of the u.s. troops were at risk. once he identified the individuals by name, it great ens -- heightens the risk to those lives. individuals are fighting in that war. i do think d.c. has the better chance. we'll have to see. >> sandra: great to see you. have a wonderful holiday weekend. >> bill: a near record number of americans heading out to celebrate the holiday weeking. if you're driving you can expect plenty of company out there. ♪
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how long have we been waiting for this? remember the days we talk about how much it's raining. today is a beautiful day in the northeast. should be all weekend. hope it is where you are, too. we have the barbecue, the suntans, traffic jams. aaa predicting 43 million will be traveling. jeff is one on the road in chicago. jeff, what's happening? >> driving a car. careful. >> i tell you, hey, no, no problem. i can drive with one hand. it's going to be almost an all-time record in terms of travel this labor day -- this memorial day. this is the fruits of a booming economy i think it's fair to say. we're just on interstate 55. we were way out in the suburbs of sandra's territory and coming back into the city. if you look at the numbers this year, this is the busiest year since 2005 according to aaa as we go under a bridge here.
busiest year for travel since 2005. second busiest on record they believe. look at the numbers. up about 3 1/2% if you travel by car. about 5% if you travel in the air and rail travel this year is up. the good news, i guess, even though gas prices have been on the rise as recently as january 6th we were 2.23. now 2.88. they've been leveling off lately. not a bad time to get out there. speaking of bad times and bad places to get out there, aaa tells us the worst places to travel this holiday season would be right here in chicago, detroit, and l.a. are the three worst and the afternoon -- early afternoon when people are getting out of work and that sort of thing. i hope to go fast enough to give you a view of the lack front.
sandra probably knows this is mccormack place. that's the convention center and if we're lucky we'll get close enough to give you the lake. as bill was saying it's beautiful in the northeast. we had a terrible storm this morning but it is clearing up right now so happy memorial day. >> sandra: we have a few seconds. make that turn. we might get a view. >> bill: i'm trying. a spin out. here we go. >> sandra: beautiful. >> bill: thank you, jeff. >> sandra: beautiful lake michigan. thank you, be safe. president trump giving the attorney general sweeping new authority to investigate spying on the trump campaign. chris wallace and many more up next. because energizer ultimate lithium is the longest lasting aa battery in the world. [confetti cannon popping] energizer. backed by science. matched by no one. introducing miracle-gro's next big thing: performance organics. this new organic collection of soil and plant food
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cars. it is very dangerous. you can wind up particularly at night and when heavy rains are coming down you can wind up in flooded streets and low water bridges before you even know it. >> bill: matt finn has been there all week live in jefferson city, missouri. how is it going, matt, good morning. >> all across this capital city you can follow the tornado's path as it ripped through residential areas, commercial space and businesses. that tornado cut right through here just a couple blocks from the capital building. the capital itself spared but this row of homes has some extensive damages, roofs ripped off, homes caved in, walls torn from the side of the house. happening right now utility poles are being installed to restore critical services. record highs near 90 degrees expected today as the painful
task of assessing damage and repairing is underway. we spoke to one woman not long ago said she jumped near her bathtub screaming, praying and crying. >> i was laying on the floor and i had ahold of the side of the tub and then i watched as the roof got ripped off my house. >> this is all tornado damage but unfortunately there is a lot of substantial flooding happening all across the midwest and southern plains. this morning the army corp is concerned about the missouri and mississippi rivers and they're telling fox news now that portions of the mississippi river are closed to any traffic near st. louis. >> matt finn reporting at jefferson city, missouri. >> sandra: president trump giving attorney general barr the authority to declassify
documents related to f.b.i. surveillance of his campaign in 2016. the president has accused the bureau of spying calling its actions treasonous. former deputy independent counsel saul wisenberg earlier. >> probably at the end of the day few people will be tried. we shouldn't want our opponents to go to prison unless they've actually violated the criminal law. so let's just get the facts and have an honest broker get to the bottom of it. >> sandra: joining us now chris wallace anchor of "fox news sunday". good morning to you. what do you think happens with this now that the president has given barr authority to access all of this? >> there were two parts to the declaration yesterday. one was an order that all of the intelligence agencies needed to cooperate with attorney general barr's investigation and two, that he has the right to declassify anything he wants.
i have to agree with sol wisenberg. there are millions of americans who think the big story here is that donald trump colluded with the russians. well, after 22 months of investigation we found out that wasn't true. according to the special counsel. there are millions of americans who think the big story here is that there was improper activity, abuse of power by members of the f.b.i. and other intelligence agencies to try to sink donald trump during the campaign. now we're going to have an investigation to find out whether that's true. and let the chips fall where they may. let's find out what the facts are. >> sandra: we will and see if they get to the bottom of that. this ongoing feud in washington it was really something to watch this play out with the president and nancy pelosi this week, chris. i'm sure you were watching it all. it is quite a feud. not showing any signs of cooling off. >> i have to say i'm not sure who was trolling who. i think they were trying to get under each other's skin.
there is no question that nancy pelosi when she starts talking about i pray for the president and perhaps his family should have an intervention was trying to get at the president and clearly she succeeded to some degree in getting under his skin when yesterday at the press conference he called on what, about four or five members of his administration to confirm the fact that he didn't have a temper tantrum and didn't lose his temper when he ended the meeting on infrastructure on wednesday. he gives as good as he gets and talking about crazy nancy and that she is losing it and he is worried about her. you know, look, as a political reporter in this town it's all very entertaining but as an american what it means is that nothing gets done. that has to be concerning whether it's infrastructure. there are a lot of things that have to get done in the course of this year let alone the 2020 and the campaign. they have to figure out how to fund the government by october 1. they have to raise the debt limit or the country goes into default. the president sure wants to get
his trade deal, his new trade deal with mexico and canada passed. they need a get a lot done. >> sandra: we asked tulsi gabbard about just that, here was her response. >> i think it is the hyper partisanship and divisiveness that people are sick and tired of. that they see in washington getting in the way of actually doing the people's business. serving the people of this country. we have to put the well-being of the people first in in country and do what it takes to deliver results for them. >> sandra: we saw a lot of people washington writers writing about just that this week, chris. who or what party this actually benefits to have this feud continue? certainly with the impeachment frenzy continuing in washington as well and nancy pelosi. >> it doesn't benefit any party. the one conceivable thing you
could say on behalf of nancy pelosi is that maybe by getting into this fight with the president and standing up to him and taking him on that she slows down the move inside the democratic caucus for impeachment which i know she thinks is a huge mistake and will backfire on democrats. in the end, you know, nobody is a winner here. neither of them look good. the only thing you can say the president himself is involved in this. nancy pelosi isn't going to be on the ballot against him next year. it will be some other democrat. if they are able to look like they're rising above the fray maybe there is an advantage to him. in terms of pelosi and trump there no winners and not good for the country. >> sandra: you have a big show coming up on sunday. you have exclusive interview with lindsey graham, that's going to be one to watch.
you've also got democratic congressman eric swalwell and house judiciary. that's on sunday. chris, final thoughts from you as we look forward to seeing you this weekend. >> well, just remember i on sun the top thing to do but dvr it and watch it at your leisure that day and happy memorial day to everybody out there and one quick thing everybody needs to remember on memorial day what it's really all about, honoring the service of our fallen veterans. >> sandra: a great thing to end on and we all appreciate and thank our servicemen and women every day. thank you. >> bill: that last point. we confirm president trump has approved the pentagon's plan to send 2,000 more u.s. troops to the middle east following a national security meeting in the white house situation room moments ago. eight minutes past. another alert now from overseas. this is the news we woke up to
today. >> i will shortly leave the job that has been the honor of my life to hold. the second female prime minister, but certainly not the last. i do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country i love. >> bill: that's major news from london. theresa may, her voice breaking, announcing she will step down from her post as prime minister after failing to get a brexit deal approved by parliament. she tried three times and failed to get it done. steve hilton host of the next revolution with me by telephone. what does this mean? >> well, good morning, bill. she spoke about gratitude there. i think most people will be grateful she is finally gone because anyone who believes in democracy, who believes in honoring that vote to leave the e.u., the brexit vote nearly three years ago now that hasn't happened. they will be celebrating today.
she has been a disaster from start to finish. she was an accidental prime minister. she was the only person left standing in the chaos after that brexit vote. she never believed in it and was on the other side of the argument. all along she has basically worked to try to water it down and not deliver the result. so finally what looks like is going to happen now with her going in a couple of weeks. there will be a leadership contest to be the leader of the conservative party. once that is decided, that person will become prime minister and hopefully implement a new strategy and now it looks very much as if that person will be boris johnson, you remember led the brexit campaign. does believe in it and resigned from theresa may's cabinet because he was unhappy with the deal that she has been trying to push through. he has a much clearer view on the whole thing and finally with him as prime minister you might actually get brexit delivered. this is good news.
>> bill: boris johnson, if he can succeed and you are saying you are confident he can. how does that change things when you look at this populous movement that so few predicted would succeed? >> there is a key phrase, bill, that i use every sunday on my show and the way i talk about it which is positive populism. i think boris johnson really represents that. one of the things that people like about him is that he has a lot of energy and optimistic and cheerful. and i think that what the populous movement needs to do whether you look at what's going on in the u.k. with brexit or elsewhere in europe is to take the energy the people want to change that had enough of the establishment. just like president trump, they wanted better trade deals. they wanted a better deal for working people. and pushed that in a positive direction with real policies than deliver rather than just being angry and railing against
immigrants or elite or whatever. turn that energy to something positive that really delivers for working people. in america president trump has done that. look at the economy and what is happening in terms of jobs and earnings and so on. in the u.k. they had the vote three years ago but nothing happened. nothing got better. boris johnson i this could hopefully bring some of that positive energy and deliver real results. i think that's what people are hoping for. >> bill: thank you, steve. look forward to seeing you in person soon. thank you. good luck sandra: homeland secu responding to charges that the government is still separating families at the border as the surge in migrants overwhelms federal resources in arizona. what can be done? carl landrum of the yuma sector will weigh in next. >> bill: president trump approving the pentagon's plan to send 2,000 more troops to the middle east. that news coming whether or not the trump doctrine against iran is working.
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funds for relief funds for puerto rico, california, florida, texas, the senate passed it late yesterday. the white house indicated president trump would have signed the bill despite the fact it did not include money for immigration or the wall. roy's objection will delay passage until next month. we'll keep an eye on that for you just from the hill a moment ago. >> we're separating children in maybe one case a day out of the 3,000 families arriving. it is very rare. prosecution for serious criminal offense, a threat to the child. it is a communicable disease or someone presenting a family relationship that doesn't exist is when that happens. >> sandra: he is pushing back against critics claiming the trump administration is separating migrant families at the border. meantime, officials around uma, arizona are considering
using tents for apprehensions. this is carl landrum. thank you for your time this morning. first can you respond to what you're hearing there. the secretary defended against critics who still claim the child separations are happening at the border separating children maybe one case a day out of 3,000 families arriving. >> well, i can say in yuma sector when it comes to family separation, the secretary advised how that is done. where the parent or guardian is a felon or has a violent misdemeanor or maybe a communicable disease or is in some other way endangering the child. those are the situations where that is done. that is something that we have done as an organization over the course of the past two decades that i've been a border patrol agent. >> sandra: that was where the
secretary went next. he said it is rare that it happens and for the safety of the child first and foremost. the latest response from homeland security on that. meanwhile questions about another tent city. what's next in yuma as migrant apprehensions. we see the numbers continuing to rise there. they're surging. now we're being told there is consideration of using tents to temporarily house these detained migrants. what more can you add or tell us about that? >> sandra, i can say in yuma we are receiving a soft sided facility. a very large building per se that will be placed there on a temporary basis. we should have our soft sided facility up and running in the next 30 days. and what that is going to do for us is provide space for up to 1,000 people to be detained and in reality in yuma we are
already detaining from 1,000 to 2,000 per day anyway. the crisis is exacerbating our capabilities and it's already overwhelming what we have. so the advantage of bringing in these soft sided facilities, what it is going to do is help us move a lot of these people from the elements from outside the facilities because they can't fit inside our current facilities and bring them indoors in a climate-controlled environment that will make it much safer for them in our custody. >> sandra: you have an incredibly important job to do and not all of us can have the understanding what exactly is happening there in yuma because you see it firsthand every single day. the yuma sector is the third busiest for apprehensions along the southern border with the second fewest number of agents staffed there, carl. those are government statistics.
what can you tell us is happening at the yuma sector today? >> it is definitely overwhelming. we have approximately 800 agents that work in our sector. it is something that we do need more of and by the way would like to say border patrol is hiring. if anybody out there wants to come in and apply and to be a border patrol agent we would love to have you apply. we do need a lot of assistance. we're asking for great deals of assistance in personnel, technology and infrastructure from congress to help us complete our border security mission that we complete every single day on the border. it is a very tough task going on there. one other thing i would like to add, sandra, is about the -- when we're talking about separations, one thing we're experiencing in yuma is a broad range of fraudulent family units. >> sandra: that's a huge part of the story.
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>> within two seconds the side of my house was gone. so i said come on, get up, we're being hit. i ran in the room where my granddaughter was and the house was exploding so fast. the rooms, it was a terrifying moment. i was really scared. i'm still scared. >> bill: they're going through a lot in missouri. recovery effort jefferson city after tornadoes ravaged the area and now they're dealing with the threat of severe
flooding. lieutenant david williams is with the police department. thank you for your time. can you hear me all right? >> thank you for inviting me. >> bill: tell me what you need at the moment. what our viewers need to understand. >> what we need right now is for everyone to be thankful we still have no fatalities in our tornado that went through. we're happy to say that although there were some injuries, we're still in the category of no fatalities here in jefferson city. >> bill: that's good to know. what about the flooding? that's the next phase in this story. >> it is. we were preparing ourselves in a state of emergency for the flood and the tornado came through. we want to make sure that we can't distract ourselves from that because we still have to look at the water is rising. >> bill: you were dealing with the flooding prior to the storm you point out. >> yes. we had already put plans into place for a portion of our city is on the opposite side of the river and so we in fact had
closed off a portion of the city to access for citizens because the water was rising already. and as we were planning to do more the next day, the attorney came in through the middle of the night. >> bill: that's something. that's biblical. lieutenant, when does the river crest? >> we believe that it will crest later today. we do have some breaches to where a little water is coming through. we've had to close some streets close to the river for traffic access and we're hoping that the projections for the river are accurate and we won't get too much more water. >> bill: how are you prepped for that? >> it is a process. we have good coordination through our state, sema as well as our public works here in the city of jefferson. we have actually had a good plan in place. some of your viewers are probably aware, we've had this happen to us before so we have a good plan for the water rising. it is just not a thing we like to say we put into practice all the time. >> bill: we're looking at drone
video right now at some of the damage from the storm, the tornado on wednesday. what does it look like to you when you're there? >> it is very, very hard to believe that something -- nature can come through and cause so much destruction. we were very happy that it happened at the time that it did. some of the buildings that you see in those videos would otherwise have been occupied. one of the structures close to our lafayette and capital street area near the old missouri state prison was a venue that's often used for parties. they just didn't have anything that night. otherwise they would have still been there central time. it came through about 11:30 p.m. >> bill: you had a 15-minute warning. that 15 minutes saved lives, i think you would agree with that? absolutely it did. we have good weather forecasting with our stations and a good plan in place and constantly updated with information. without the sirens being activated. we activated them multiple times because we realized we were in for something.
>> bill: david williams, thank you, sir for your time. the lieutenant in jefferson city. good luck with the rising waters as well. >> thank you very much. >> bill: we're pulling fosh you. thank you for your time today. >> sandra: president trump keeping all options on the table with iran. >> president trump: i would certainly send troops if we need them. iran has been a very dangerous player, very bad player. they are a nation of terror and we won't put up with it. >> sandra: is the trump doctrine designed to cripple leadership working? the president giving his attorney general sweeping authority to look at the origins of the russia probe. michael anton, is here and will join us next. >> barr will look at it from a criminal point of view. horowitz will tell us about the fisa warrant, how they behaved. i'll look at all of it to make sure it never happens again.
>> sandra: fox news now confirming that president trump has approved a pentagon plan to send roughly 2,000 more troops to the middle east. this as newly declassified intelligence shows iran is running short on cash as tighter u.s. sanctions deal a blow to iran's economy. rich edson is live at the state department for us this morning. good morning. >> state department officials say that this newly declassified intelligence shows iran street having a difficult time funding militia's across the middle east. tehran has told shia militias to find new revenue sources and hamas enacted austerity plans. iran's cyber command needs cash and assad regime fuel shortage because the u.s. has cut off barrels that iran supplied to the syria government and a social media campaign children
in military uniforms to endure age donations to piggy banks. sanctions on nearly 1,000 targets is working. >> the president would like to get to -- into negligent yaixs with the iranian regime to put in place a new and better deal with replace the iran nuclear deal. while we're working on that objective we're also denying iran the revenue it needs to destabilize the middle east. >> a year ago the trump administration withdrew from the iran nuclear agreement. since then the u.s. restored sanctions on iranian oil, banking and experts. some democrats and european governments have said it would further destabilize an already volatile region and encourage iran to start its nuclear program. they've warned and given european governments to shield iran from the american sanctions, if not he says his
country will resume producing highly enriched uranium. >> sandra: rich, thanks. >> bill: want to bring in former national security spokesperson michael anton. welcome back. what about the money report that rich is talking about? >> highly encouraging. it's one of the things you enact sanctions to do, starve hostile regimes of the resources they need to fuel hostility. iran prefers to fight through proxies. it doesn't like direct conflict. it prefers indirect conflict. the way it pursues that is by paying people, paying groups around the region to put up these fights. when it has less money it has less resources to fuel conflict and the risk of war and casualties and terrorist attacks and all those horrible things goes down. to me that's exactly what the sanctions are designed to do and great to see they're working. >> bill: you believe the fan is working is what you're saying there. >> yeah based on those reports. >> bill: you have this order to
send up to 2,000 more troops to the middle east. peter king was with us two hours ago and his reflection on that first. >> one of these deals you may never know whether it's successful or not because success means not being attacked and it is hard to tell if there was an attack planned. what i understand the intelligence, i believe they have planned attacks. so far they haven't occurred. so far so good. >> bill: critics believe you're stoking the fears of war -- the flames of war. what peter king is arguing that this is the ultimate deterrent. what is your view? >> i agree with that and would put this in context. i think it's widely known one of the great successes of the trump administration so far is the defeat of isis, something the president promised and hospital mostly delivered on. what is less widely known. it was accomplished by allied and foreign forces, syrians, kurds, arab forces and u.s. troops in are a supporting role.
taking low casualties over the course of that period. a very effective way to use a small u.s. presence at low risk to get very big gain. and if we can continue doing that not getting the u.s. into direct conflict, direct wars like we did in iraq in 2003. using a smaller presence to enable foreign force on the ground to do the heavy lifting and tough fighting. that has already shown to be a success and if it can continue that would be very good for our country. >> bill: the declassification of the documents. president trump has given attorney general bill barr the authority to do that. when he does that, how much is declassified is something we'll learn over time but here is bill barr from a week ago and listen to the end of this phrase here in el salvador. >> i think people have to find out what the government was doing during that period. if we're worried about foreign influence for the very same reason we should be worried whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale.
and so i'm not saying that happened. but i'm saying that we have to look at that. >> bill: that whole comment about thumb on the scale. this is papadopoulos, carter page, what do you think is going on, michael? >> i think that we don't really know what happened. the only reason to keep any of this stuff classified is if the disclosure of information might harm u.s. intelligence interests, might expose genuine secrets or risk lives. it doesn't look to me from the outside from what i've seen that any of that is likely. so i would say that the massive -- the most declassification possible should be done consistent with protecting interests. but what we know we already know that the original rationale for the surveillance all turned out to be bogus. nobody was colluding with the russians or acting as a go-between with russian intelligence. all that officials were worried about in 2016 turned out to be
not true. so what's left there to protect in terms of genuine secrets? it doesn't seem to me like there is anything. i have confidence the attorney general will declassify everything consistent with that principle. >> bill: as we wait for the mystery to unfold what do you make of bob mueller not publicly testifying? do you have a problem with that? >> i would like to see him publicly testify. he and even members of his team justify their actions, justify some of the indictments. there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. but it points to me -- i've been a long-time critic of this whole idea of the special counsel where an operation can operate essentially in secret for as long as it wants without -- with nominal oversight it gets to choose how much it discloses and can shut itself and go away and never have to answer questions. i don't think that's consistent with the principles of our democracy. i would like to see that law changed. in the meantime let's find out as much as we can what happened
in that investigation. >> bill: michael anton in washington today. >> sandra: emergency at a migrant shelter in san diego dealing with a flu outbreak. identifying more than a dozen potential cases, we have the story. it has been a growing problem for a while now. >> it has. the medical team at the san diego facility has confirmed three cases of influenza. the health department there says that conditions are ripe for it to spread fast. >> take two individuals with flu-like symptoms. confirmed the flu, we could have an outbreak. people in close quarters can spread the flu from one person to another we took immediate action. >> authorities say migrants with flu symptoms were flown from texas to other stations including the one in san diego due to overcrowding in the larger facilities in texas shelters.
>> we're taking all appropriate steps that we can to contain this outbreak at this facility and to protect the public's health in san diego. >> the border patrol stopped these relocations briefly this week after 16-year-old boy from guatemala died after being diagnosed with the flu. >> sandra: the border patrol is sharing results of a partnership to fight crime with mexico so what can you tell us about that? >> right. the u.s. customs and border patrol has released the results of a four-day binational operation with mexican law enforcement at the arizona border. according to the border patrol, agents in the tucson sector and helicopter crews worked with mexico's federal police force raiding scout sites located in the mountain areas on the mexican side. they destroyed a poppy field and seized 250 pounds of
narcotics, communications equipment. 19 smugglers. in a statement the patrol agents in tucson said the disruption will always be one of the enforcement goals of tucson sector. u.s. border patrol says this kind of collaboration with mexico keeps people safe on both sides of the border. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: president trump is about to depart the white house. he will leave moments from now as he goes on a trip to japan amid tensions with china and north korea. if the president makes remarks we'll bring them to you. stand by. a beautiful day in washington, d.c. do your asthma symptoms ever hold you back? about 50% of people with severe asthma have too many cells called eosinophils in their lungs. eosinophils are a key cause of severe asthma. fasenra is designed to target and remove these cells.
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for all charges to be dropped over allegations that the prosecutor involved spied on their client. joining us now is eddie gallagher's wife andrea who we have been speaking through throughout this entire process. good morning and welcome back. >> thank you. good morning. >> sandra: so the trial was set. it has been postponed. why? >> well, we had the trial that was scheduled for may 28. we would have been starting next week. it got delayed due to the fact our legal counsel discovered there was malware placed in emails. that is actually spread throughout the civilian attorneys, journalists and now the air force is investigating the navy into this criminal behavior. >> sandra: so the judge said he wanted to postpone the trial because he is looking into these allegations of prosecutorial misconduct involving the defense attorneys, these logos were found on the emails from the
prosecutor that contained cyber tracking devices and they've actually admitted to that in court, correct? >> yes, they admitted to it. so the lead prosecutor has pointed the finger and blamed many people for this. what we're realizing it was his debacle that was uncovered and now the emergency motions hearing will take place may 29th next week to address it to determine are we going to get rid of the prosecution or do we have to get rid of all of them which will affect the date of the actual trial starting. >> sandra: now does the attorney representing your husband, eddie gallagher, is he going to ask for all charges to be dropped as a result of this spying? >> right. well, what we're encountering here is that the corruption knows no bounds within the ucmj and the prosecution that has done limitless amounts of corrupt behaviors, this being the most paramount.
but the dismissal of the charges go to the fact that you cannot have liberty and justice if you elude the fairness of court proceedings. my husband's amendments, rights, constitutional -- what he is afforded by the constitution have been completely disregarded. >> sandra: your husband through his attorneys have made it clear he maintains his innocence that he is not guilty of the charges against him. when is the last time you spoke to edie? >> i spoke with him last night and he is definitely optimistic not only in regard to the news of the president but also in regard to we're ready for this trial. we've been asking for the trial to occur. he has maintained his innocence all along and we know that we have the law, the facts and the truth on our side. so we're ready to go to trial. >> sandra: have you spoken directly with the president? >> no, i haven't. we're thankful for what the president is doing as far as
intervening on the corruption taking place in the ucmj. people need to realize an injustice for anyone is an injustice for all of us. we must stand up against these types of things occurring especially to our military service members, the fact we're throwing him under the bus. m my husband's case, little to no evidence at all. there has been withholding ex cull culpatory evidence. throwing him in the brig, taking our children out at gun point. it is so shocking. why are we doing this to our military heroes? >> sandra: we're following this store see along with you. we now away the trial to happen which has been postponed that has attracted national attention. thank you for coming on the program. >> bill: quick check of "outnumbered." melissa and daigon are coming up. >> remember when we thought president trump and speaker pelosi might be able to work
together on things like infrastructure. now the war of words is getting more ugly and personal by the day. do they both need an intervention? what do voters think? >> how long before we break out the hand gestures. 2020 democrats embracing barack obama on the campaign trail but not his policies. even former vice president joe biden selectively distancing himself. how could this impact his frontrunner status? >> all that and #oneluckyguy "outnumbered" at the top of the hour. >> bill: take you to a city where the critics say doesn't have any rules. they're laying out the case against the city of seattle. arguing it is okay to camp out on the sidewalk. among other things. we'll get a live report in a moment coming up next. play it cool and escape heartburn fast
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>> it's the west coast city known for their natural beauty. critics argue living conditions are getting worse. they argue police are looking the other way when it comes to drug dealers and camping out on streets. dan springer lives there and is live with more now. dan? >> hi, bill. in an effort to make seattle more just for certain minorities and peer people, leaders have stopped enforcing several laws and routine policies. it's against the law to camp in public. you'd never know it. thousands are living in tents. drug possession is a crime but the prosecutor won't charge people if they have a gram or less so cops won't make arrest for using drugs in the open. after an audit found people of color decided not to eliminate
the fines. since that will drop revenue, voters are being asked to pass a library levy. the fines are not about personal responsibility. >> fines don't teach responsibility. they distinguish people with money from those without. >> the seattle school found racial disparity so this way they did away with suspensions and could extend that too older students next year. after learning the poor and homelessly were being impacted by bus fare enforcement, they changed the policy. not paying a fine is no longer a misdemeanor. officials say they rarely collect from the indigent anyway. critics say it puts taxpayers on the hook. >> seems to be the more check boxes you have in terms of which category you fit into, that makes you more important. that's not equity for anybody.
>> voters will decide in the fall if they like the city's direction or want to return to more account ability. almost every council seat is up for grabs. >> it's the talk of the west coast. thanks, dan. >> president trump expected to leave the white house any moment. that could happen now. he will be leaving for japan in a critical meeting in what the country's prime minister of japan among the tensions with north korea, terrorists. if he speaks to reporters on it's way out, we'll bring that to you as soon as it happens. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ applebee's new loaded fajitas. now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood.
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>> always a good thing. >> behave. keeping an eye on you. >> i look forward to that. go to the right floor tuesday. have a great weekend. "outnumbered" starts now. >> fox news alert. president trump about to depart for an official visit to japan. we could hear from him before he boards marine one on the way to joint base andrews. meantime, taking a major step to investigate the surveillance of his 2016 campaign and the origins of the russia probe ordering all 16 u.s. intelligence agencies to cooperate with william barr's investigation and giving the a.g. the authority to declassify any documents related to his work. this is "outnumbered." happy friday. i'm melissa francis. we have dagen mcdowell,